A Space Without Boundaries
When you think of a kitchen what comes to your mind, I guess food! But kitchens are more than a space where our heavenly quench of home cooked delights are fulfilled.
The idea of an open kitchen, is creating a cooking space that is not bounded by four walls on all sides. Such a kitchen is linked, with the areas of dining as well as sometimes the gathering area which not only maximizes the appearance of the entire space overall but also optimizes the functionality and design of the connected.
When it comes to kitchen designs, the two most popular designs are open and closed. Traditionally in Nepalese households the closed kitchen model is adapted. Both have added benefits of their own, but in terms of aesthetics the open kitchen is definitively pleasing to the eyes. Open kitchen concept is highly popular in modern restaurants, you might remember seeing the first open kitchen while on a day out dining. Back in the day restaurant customers used to like their food to magically appear closed doors, But as people got more conscious about how their food was made and well what was inside their dumplings. The concept of open kitchens were slowly adapted, it allows maximum transparency and it allows for the dinners to see the magic of the process of making their dish.
The open kitchen model has slowly began to grip the interests of families, it’s modern outlook, open nature and its ability to accentuate their living space has made them very popular.
Pros of an open kitchen
Open Kitchens, make your homes feel spacious. Having no wall partitions extends the field of view giving it a spacious and large outlook. This model works best for in both large or small homes, but particularly in smaller living spaces, not having the partitions gives it a larger appeal. The second advantage of an open kitchen is that it creates a brighter living space. A lights can pass through freely without walls, so thus it is a great way of brightening up the kitchen.
It makes cooking easier, and smoother. Setting up and cleaning off the tables and serving becomes much more convenient in open kitchens. This model also encourages community based living. It allows members to help out with work, keep conversations in follow with, and the lack of barriers brings together all individuals in the space.
Cons of having an open concept kitchen
Taking about the disadvantages, the first has to be the smell. In a closed kitchen model, the partition walls work as a barrier to block the kitchen smells from reaching the other spaces. If you have a kitchen disaster then, you can bet everyone in the house will know about it. But this can easily be fixed with a really good range hood which can be used as an element of decor or hid in a cabinet.
The other disadvantage is the possible lack of organization. The space being open, demands all elements to be properly organized and the dishes cleaned up. Does a dirty open kitchen look appealing? If you are someone who wishes to transition from a closed kitchen model to an open kitchen, do note that you need to brush up your organization skills. This can easily be remedied using decorative cabinets which can be placed overhead, ground cabinets with organizational holders can be home to your utensils and if you are going to place an island then the space underneath can be utilized as well.
An open kitchen might not be everyone’s cup of tea, keeping things organized and clean at times can be difficult if organization is not your forte. But, having a space without walls just doesn’t help your living space look lively. It also brings down the boundaries between members of family and community.